Collaboration Adds Dimensions to Virtual Classrooms

Posted: March 29, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

George Mason has formed a partnership with You-niversity.com Inc.®, an application services provider based in Arlington, to introduce a unique approach to web-based training in information technology. Offered through the Train to Technology program in the School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E), the first course begins April 15, originating from a studio at the Prince William Campus.

“George Mason is the first university in Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area to offer this interactive, instructor-led synchronous instruction,” says Eugene Norris, director of IT&E professional education programs. Unlike other distance learning programs, he explains, the audio and chat features of this collaborative learning experience allow students to see and hear the instructor, ask and answer questions, view slides, and chat with other students in the virtual classroom. Students attend class from their homes, offices, or libraries–wherever they connect to the Internet.

“Our technology enables us to serve the needs for practical and efficient e-learning,” says Rafael Itzhaki, vice president for business development at You-niversity.com Inc.® “George Mason’s Train to Technology program fully implements our solution while using its own qualified instructors to deliver the courses.”

There is a high demand in the Washington, D.C., area for virtual classroom instruction, says Norris. “This collaboration is another step in George Mason’s implementation of a learning management system that allows us to reach students throughout the region.”

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